New Blog Theme: Law Actually 2.0

Law Actually 2.0Yes, it’s official: Law Actually 2.0 has arrived.  My previous blog design had been in place since May 2007 and it was coming to the end of its planned two year service.  I felt it served Law Actually well and was obviously based heavily on the visual style adopted by the film, Love Actually, to which this blog duly owes its name.  I know – I’m not particularly proud of it!  Alas the style was getting a little long in the tooth and I’ve wanted a 2nd sidebar to accommodate the growing content for a while now.

So, yeah, here it is.  This style wasn’t my first choice.  I had initially opted for something a bit more laid-back and, dare I use the word, grungy!!  You can check that style out over at my other (and now defunct) blog, F1 Central.  It’s a kind of ‘what might have been’. 

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Feedback from my ‘focus group’ suggested it wasn’t ‘lawwy enough’ and perhaps was a touch too grungy.  I don’t know: I still kind of like it. 

So, I duly went back to the drawing board and came up with another design for Law Actually 2.0.  I reverted to a style which incorporated red as a key colour and law-ed it up a bit more.  It was going to adopt a filmstrip design as part of the header and footer, but ultimately I felt that little ‘Polaroid stills’ looked better.  Some of my annotations seem a bit lame but it’s a work in progress, I guess.  Plus, with this style, I can change the header photos and annotations as and when the mood takes me, which, if history is anything to go by, will probably be quite often. 

The new design isn’t perfect and I’m still fiddling here and there. Not-so-fun-fact: I’ve given myself no end of trouble by word-wrapping post photos to the text (particularly blockquote text) for the past year and a bit which I’ll probably have to go back and change.  It looks really bad in Internet Explorer, but, I guess, if you’re using that browser, you’ve brought it on yourself.  I’m just kidding.

Comments

  1. I LIKE! lol
    I perfer blue though but thats becuase its my favorite colour. :P

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  2. Some thoughts on the design: the background is a bit too bright, and the comments on the post pages are merged together - it's difficult to see who wrote what. Sorry :D

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  3. I take it, the misspelling of 'deserts' was intentional?

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  4. Are people meant to have a 2 year rotation on their blog styles then?

    I must be overdue...

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  5. Glad the new design is to most people's liking.
    Yes, I'm looking at you, Andro. :p

    Yep, you took it correctly: the misspelling was intentional.
    You're absolutely right about the comments on the post pages being a mess - I'll have a look at it. That was a complete oversight. :-)

    But as for the background being a bit too bright, you're just plain wrong. Maybe it's your eyes, Andro? Sorry :D
    I did try a slightly darker red when I was developing the theme and it looked a horrible crappy colour. Not good.

    But you're bang-on about the comments issue. Thanks for flagging it up! :-)

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  6. Still tinkering around with the design (and I was meant to get my IT law bibliography done tonight!!) Oh well.

    The comments mess has been cleaned up - I guess it'll have to do for now. Hope you approve, Andro! :p

    And yes, ASP, people are meant to have a 2 year rotation on their blogs. I thought it was common knowledge?! :p

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  7. liking the new look. While its new and fresh, the red theme, keeps in touch w/ your old theme - sometimes the old is nice to be remembered as well.

    p.s. thanks for adding me to your list.

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  8. YEa, I do like the comments now!

    I think your new layout is growing on me :P

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  9. Glad the changes have met with some approval then. :p I think the theme is growing on me too, Andro. (Like a tumour).

    While I do kind of like the new one, I feel I've lost the stark simplicity of my older style. Hmmm, I'm still mulling it over, but I've a feeling we've not seen the last of my older theme.

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  10. I think it's best if you finish your bibliography first :P

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  11. Bibby's virtually done, Andro. And stop nagging me! :p

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